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ISRAELI ELECTION: THE KEY WAS ISRAELI ARAB VOTE -HAD THEY VOTED FOR ZIONIST LEFT,HERZOG COULD HAVE WON- NUMBER OF ARAB MK'S UP FROM 12 TO 17-VOTE SHOWS ARABS ARE NOT BOYCOTTING ISRAELI DEMOCRACY

Critical Israeli Arab votes that could have been cast for Meretz or Herzog were drained into the Arab Unity party, essentially costing Herzog the election.

by Timothy Bratwold, Jerusalem, March 22, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

As in everything in the Middle East, what you see is not always, what you get, and what you expect to happen will almost never be the way things turn out.By Israeli standards, Netanyahu won by a landslide ( with  30 seats to his opponent, Herzog's  24 seats) 

But the key to this election centered on the Israeli Arab vote.

 

 

 

The Arab parties in Israel-the Joint Arab List (formerly Ta'al, Balad,and Hadash) banded together to forn the Joint List after the Knesset recently passad an electroal reform law, which raised the number of votes required to gain a seat in the Knesset from 2% to 3.25%.  The number of Israeli Arab Members of Knesset jumped this election from 12 to 17, in part because the parties making up the Arab Joint List's numbers went up from 10-13 and also becasue Likud and the Zionist Union each added an Arab lawmaker. (Editor's note: Israeli Television Channel 2 reported following the election that the Israeli Arab vote increased this election substantially. The fractiousness of the Arab parties and their lack of influence on government policy has discouraged Arab voter turnout in the past, which was not the case this year with the United List.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Israeli Arab vote was  surprisingly, the force that broke the Israeli left and allowed the Israeli right another four years grace to push forward Bibi's hard line stance on Iraq, Hamas and international terror.  This sounds incredible to our readers who have never spent serious time living in the byzantine Middle East, so I will attempt to explain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing to remember is that since the year 2000 the Arab Israelis have more or less chosen NOT to vote in protest.  So what happened this time?  Temporarily putting aside all differences (and they are very great since on the far left we have the Arab Communists and on their far right, the fundamentalists who openly support HAMAS and ISIS) made common cause to destroy what they see as their common enemy:  the state of Israel under the control of the Jewish religious Zionist right.  Journalists of every stripe assured this group that Bibi and his government was fragmented and unable to launch a successful campaign against the new rising star of the Israeli left, Herzog.  

 

 
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